What’s this, an “all-new lightweight touring bike” from Honda for 2010? Er, not quite. Okay, the NT700V is new to the U.S., true, but it’s been sold in Europe since 1998, first as the Deauville 650, then as a 700. The bike’s 680cc liquid-cooled sohc V-Twin will be familiar to [...]
Choppers, customs and traditional cruisers aren’t selling like they used to. Buyers in the cruiser market have realized that they actually want to ride their motorcycles and not just be seen on them. The touring-cruiser category included full-dress bikes and baggers (what Star calls “Casual Full Dress”), and makes up [...]
No type of motorcycling demands a greater range of on-the-road versatility than sport-touring, and no sport-touring motorcycle fills that need better than the do-it-all, do-it-wonderfully Concours 14. With a monocoque chassis built around a tuned-for-torque version of the engine borrowed from Kawasaki’s ZX-14 rocketship, the Concours combines smooth, effortless, wickedly [...]
Amid seemingly intergalactic economic uncertainty and the appearance that the world as we know it is crumbling, it is nice in 2009 to be able to count on at least one thing: awesome motorcycles. Yes, things are weird out there, but with 550 or so models available for sale in [...]
How good is the Gold Wing? Well, except for the addition of a few optional accessories, this big flat-Six hasn’t undergone any significant changes since its introduction in 2001, yet it’s still the best two-wheeled long-haul traveling machine on the market, having won this category seven times in the 1800cc [...]
The current state of the motorcycle industry doesn’t look that rosy, but panicking and closing up shop won’t make it any better. That’s why new products are paramount in these difficult financial times. Harley-Davidson is surely feeling the effects of the current economic crisis, with second-quarter earnings down a reported [...]
2010 Victory Cross Roads and Cross Country – First Look All-new baggers from the other American motorcycle company.
Not to sound too dramatic, but Victory has, over its decade-long existence, shown some courage with its designs. And while the company does traffic in essentially traditional American cruiser forms, it also has made some bold technological and styling moves, most recently the forward-thinking Vision touring machines. To this list [...]
Riding Impression: 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Motor Company once again defines factory-custom power and style.
Photography By Riles & Nelson Are you “affluent, accomplished and exclusivity-driven”? If so, you would qualify to become one of Harley-Davidson’s “alpha customers.” It’s a very special club that lets in no more than 10,000 people per year. Price of admission? You just have to plunk down for one of [...]
First Ride: 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 Kawasaki’s first entry into the metric V-Twin dresser category has all the markings of success.
Photography By Adam Campbell When talk turns to full-dress touring motorcycles, a few key words stand out: features, power and comfort. Oh, and did we mention features? Typical touring riders like to bring everything but the proverbial kitchen sink with them; they also want all the bells and whistles engineers [...]
It’s hard to keep anything secret in this increasingly digital world. Months before any official unveiling, England’s Motor Cycle News has just published photos and a scoop story on Honda’s all-new 2010 VFR1200 (as it is expected to be called). American Honda was not yet prepared to comment on the [...]